Great writers are made, not born. The Brighton District Library’s Teen Writers’ Workshop helps tomorrow’s John Greens or J.K. Rowling plot a course the literary world. It’s also a great place to hand out for kids who just like to write. Facilitated by Erma Bombeck Award-winning humorist Mike Ball, this workshop is fun and rewarding. Young writers enjoy a free-wheeling camaraderie with other aspiring writers, and receive positive reinforcement as they progress. The Teen Writer’s Workshop is a ongoing program at the Brighton District Library typically held on the first and last Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 pm.
One of our regular attendees and talented teen writer, Brighton Pauli, had this to say about the Teen Writer’s Workshops.
I’ve been going to the Brighton District Library’s “Teen Writers’ Workshop” almost as long as I’ve lived in Brighton. That’s about four straight years of opportunity, growth, and laughter. I’ve transformed from a “cliché-manipulator” to an original author.
The Teen Writers’ Workshop is a really relaxed club with no grades and no peer pressure. Whatever is read in that room (usually the Brighton Room) stays in there, unless the writer wants to share it with the world. The guy in charge, Mike Ball, doesn’t simply give a lesson and have us practice it; we all write what we want and learn from each other. The lesson of the day is whatever comes up in the conversation, from tragedy to character dialogue to the Oxford comma. Every once in awhile, the subject is “comedy” and you watch Monty Python, analyzing each joke and laughing your butt off.
The club really isn’t about a set calendar of “we learn this at this time and that at that time.” Instead, we all evolve our skills over time and let ourselves grow naturally.
The next Teen Writer’s Workshops are tonight and November 29th at 6:30pm
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Reviewed by Meg S. (8th Grade ,Teen Advisory Board Member)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a very good book about, you guessed it, peculiar children. Jakob Portman’s Grandfather was always telling him stories as a kid. You know the type, monsters, children with fantastic abilities and time travel. Years later, Jakob’s grandfather dies, suddenly and mysteriously. Naturally Jakob freaks, starts having nightmares, and goes a little crazy, but can’t stop thinking about Grandpa Portman’s last words. These words lead Jakob to England and creatures of the past. Miss Peregrine’s is a very good book and knows how to leave you hanging. Although, it is a bit of a cliffhanger. I would like to add that it does have a bit of foul language that I think it would be good without, but Miss Peregrine’s is still a very good book and I give it four stars.
It’s Teen Read Week!
Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.
Right now voting for the Top Teen Books of 2016 is open. Teens should head over to their page to vote right now!
Teen Writer’s Workshops
Tuesday October 4 & 25, 6:30-8:30 pm
Poets, Songwriters, Storytellers, and Dreamers, bring your original work and thoughts about writing. Meet with Mike Ball, award-winning humorist. Stop by the Information Desk or call 810-229-6571, x227 for more information. Drop In, no registration required.
Teen Art Club
October 6, 4:30-6:00 pm
Come to our Teen Art Club. Each month we do a different art project or you can just come in and try out art supplies. Art club meets once a month on Thursdays. Drop In, no registration required.
Mother-Daughter Craft: Spider Web Plates
October 13, 6:30-8:00 pm
These spider webs won’t catch any flies but they will create a lot of attention! Moms and daughters (ages 9 & up) join us for our new craft series and create a one-of-a-kind spider web plate – spiders not included! Register beginning September 28 at the Information Desk or by calling 810-229-6571 x227. Limit of 20 participants.
Teen Pumpkin Carving Contest
October 20, 5:00-7:00 pm
Join us for our 10th Annual Teen Pumpkin Carving Contest. We supply the tools. No outside tools allowed. You can bring stencils or sketches of your pumpkin designs if you like. winners will be determined by public voting! Register at the Information Desk or call 810-229-6571 Ext. 227 starting October 6.
“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”- http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek
This year Banned Books Week goes from September 25-October 1. Below are some books that in the past (sometimes present) people have tried to ban others from reading. Below are a few teen books that individuals (parents, educators, politicians, etc) have tried to take out of libraries and schools.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Feed by M.T. Anderson
- 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Crank by Ellen Hopkins
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
- The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
- Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
- His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
- The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
If you are anything like me then you’ve been chomping at the bit for Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, the sequel to Six of Crows. Crooked Kingdom comes out on Tuesday, September 27th so get on the holds list ASAP! If you haven’t read SOC I highly suggest picking it up.
While you read try listening to this Six of Crows inspired playlist through Spotify!
Here are the most popular Teen titles to come out this September. Get on the hold list asap!
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs-September 3
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas– September 6
As I Descended by Robin Talley– September 6
Michael Vey: Fall of Hades (#6) by Richard Paul Evans– September 13
Stealing Snow by Danielle Page– September 20
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake– September 20
The Fever Code by Jame Dashner– September 27
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge– September 27
Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson-September 27
Join us on September 22, 4:30-5:30pm to discuss Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. We’ll eat snacks, talk about the book (and how excited we are for the movie) and then make Miss Peregrine inspired tote bags!
Stop in at the library’s reference desk to pick up a copy of the book to check out and make sure to register for book discussion. You can also register by phone by calling 810.229.6571 extension 227 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Book: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Reviewer: Anton, Grade 7
Hoot is a 2002 Realistic Fiction young-adult novel by Carl Hiaasen. The setting takes place in Florida, where new arrival Roy makes two oddball friends and a bad enemy, and joins an effort to stop construction of a pancake house which would destroy a colony of burrowing owls who live on the site. The book won a Newbery Honor award in 2003. (Plot)The main character Roy Eberhardt moves to Florida and into the town of Coconut Cove where his classmate Dana Matherson starts to bully him. On the bus to school, Roy sees a boy running barefoot outside. Roy tries to leave the bus, but Dana chokes and strangles him. He escapes after punching Dana in the face, breaking his nose, and then exiting the bus. But Roy can’t catch the running boy because a golf ball hits Roy in the head. The school suspends him from the bus for two weeks and orders Roy to write an apology to Dana. Roy calls for a truce, but Dana refuses. I absolutely love and recommend this book to pre teens. I rate this book a 4/5 because it gives you new perspectives and emotions of the story because the book it told by several people.
A fictional restaurant called Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House decides to build a franchise in Coconut Cove, but vandalism delays the work. Roy learns the running boy is the vandal known as “Mullet Fingers”, and they become friends. Mullet Fingers vandalizes and delays construction to save an endangered species—the burrowing owl—that live on the site